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A busy day with three consecutive callouts for Padstow RNLI lifeboat

Padstow RNLI volunteer crew launched at 11.45am on the 4 August 2020 in response to a mayday from a vessel 5 miles west of Bude. Once on scene the crew escorted the vessel and waited at the mouth of the Camel for the tidal gate to open. The vessel was then safely escorted into Padstow Harbour. The crew returned to the station and the lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 6.20pm, just in time for the next pager alert.

The crew launched again at 6.44pm to reports of a person in the water at Dunderhole Point, Tintagel. Port Isaac RNLI lifeboat, Boscastle Coastguard Team and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 924 were also tasked. The rescue helicopter was quickly on scene and airlifted the casualty from the water and took them on to hospital. Padstow volunteer crew were stood down and returned to the station at 8pm, but as the crew were leaving the station the pager alert sounded again. 

The crew launched at 9.28pm to reports of people in the water at Treyarnon. Whilst on route the crew were stood down as Padstow Coastguard team were on scene and resolved the situation. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service by 10.15pm.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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